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International Competition Network (ICN)

As one of the founding members, the Commission is proud to be part of the International Competition Network (ICN). The ICN provides antitrust agencies from developed and developing countries with a focused network for addressing practical antitrust enforcement and policy issues of common concern. It facilitates procedural and substantive convergence in antitrust enforcement and merger control through a results-oriented agenda and informal, project-driven organization.

Call for interest International Competition Network – Non Governmental Advisors (ICN-NGAs)CLOSED

Working groups

There are five substantive working groups in the ICN, addressing advocacy, agency effectiveness, cartels, mergers and unilateral conduct.  Working Group members confer primarily via conference calls and e-mails, and hold periodic teleseminars and workshops. Working Groups organize panel and small group discussions at the annual conference and present work products for adoption.

The Commission is a member of the ICN Steering Group and currently co-chair of the Mergers Working Group and of the Cartels working group's Subgroup I.

Part of its involvement includes the production of publications and training materials.

ICN working groups:

Non-governmental advisors (ICN-NGAs)

Call for interest International Competition Network – Non Governmental Advisors (ICN-NGAs) - CLOSED

ICN members work closely with a number of non-governmental advisors ("ICN-NGAs"), including private practitioners, academics, representatives of international professional organizations and industry and consumer groups. This close cooperation results in ICN work products that benefit from the input of a wider spectrum of perspectives (1).

DG Competition wishes to cooperate closely with a balanced range of ICN-NGAs in order to ensure that the European Commission's contribution to the respective working groups' work products is of a high quality and based on the experience of a wide range of relevant stakeholders.

Therefore, like the other ICN members, the European Commission can select a number of ICN-NGAs. To be selected as an ICN-NGA requires demonstration of relevant expertise in competition policy and a strong commitment to contribute actively to the work of the ICN. More particularly, the selected ICN-NGAs will be expected to contribute actively, alongside the European Commission, to the drafting of and revision of specific Working Group products as well as participating in teleseminars, webinars and workshops. The annual Work Plans for each Working Group can be found on the ICN website. Please note that ICN activities are carried out in English and that neither the ICN nor the European Commission provides for any remuneration for the NGAs’ involvement.

The European Commission is interested in building a broad and balanced network of ICN-NGAs which includes in-house/external lawyers, economists and representatives of the academic world, the judiciary, consumer groups and business organisations. If you would like to become an ICN-NGA in support of the European Commission, please contact DG Competition, using the following mailbox: COMP-ICN@ec.europa.eu. The call for interest will be open until the 1st of September 2017 (close of business).

Candidate ICN-NGAs are requested to specify the ICN Working Group(s) (listed here) in which they wish to become involved and the reasons why they consider that they would be able to provide value added to the group(s) indicated. When the workload of the different ICN Working Groups so requires it, the European Commission may request the ICN-NGAs to also contribute to the work products of ICN Working Groups for which the ICN-NGAs did not originally express a preference.

The European Commission will review all candidatures received and select an adequate and balanced number of ICN-NGAs. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process.

In selecting the ICN-NGAs, DG COMP will give weight to the following criteria:

  • S/he has to have at least 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Her/his expertise (e.g. through publications) must match the annual working plan of the working groups for which s/he would be selected;
  • S/he has to show a firm commitment to play an active role in the ICN events to which s/he is invited to participate and in the working groups for which s/he would be selected;
  • When acting as an ICN-NGA for the EU, s/he must not go against the fundamental values and the general interest of the EU as expressed in the Treaties;
  • S/he has to be an EU national;
  • If s/he is a lawyer, s/he has to be admitted to the bar in an EU Member State (except if s/he is an in-house lawyer);
  • S/he should be able to speak and interact in English in front of an audience;
  • S/he must not be acting as an NGA for any other competition agency.

The selected ICN-NGAs will be appointed for one ICN year. The European Commission reserves the right to withdraw the appointment of any selected ICN-NGAs, at any moment, in case of manifest inactivity, acting against the interest of the European Union or simultaneously working as an NGA for other competition agencies.

ICN-NGAs who have been selected by the European Commission may also be invited to participate in the ICN's Annual Conference and in one or more of the ICN Workshops. Concerning the ICN Annual Conference, the European Commission will, in due time, consult its ICN-NGAs for an expression of interest. Considering the very limited number of available places, the European Commission may not be able to honour all requests. A selection will be made on the basis of the demonstrated level of involvement in ICN activities in support of the European Commission throughout the year. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process.

(1) More information about the ICN, its Working Groups and work products can be found on the ICN Website: http://www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org/